Travis Ishikawa two days later, on pennant-winning homer: “It still doesn’t seem like it was me.”

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Travis Ishikawa, who at one point this season seriously contemplated hanging up the spikes, sent the Giants into the World Series in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night with a walk-off, NLCS-clinching three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha. Ishikawa was about as unlikely a hero as there could have been in that series.

Ishikawa himself still isn’t sure that he was the one who punched the Giants’ ticket to an October match-up against the Royals. Per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Ishikawa said, “I can’t describe the feeling I have each time I see it or each time I think about it. It still doesn’t seem like it was me.”

It’s an incredible story, one we’ll certainly be passing on for years to come. In case you missed or forgot what happened, enjoy Jon Miller’s call of Ishikawa’s Bobby Thomson moment.

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The Royals are paying everyone. Why can’t all of the other teams?

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Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.

The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.

Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.

While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.

Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?